Short Stories

Originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

 

Derringer Award nominee

n this chilling story, a woman home alone in the middle of the night surprises an intruder who expected to have the upper hand. In the days that follow, she tends her prized orchid while hiding evidence of her growing list of crimes.

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"House of a Thousand Eyes," a short story in the Ice Cold anthology

In 1961 East Berlin, 19 year old Conrad Schumann is working as an East German border guard, when a family friend uses the underhanded gift of a bicycle to lure him into becoming an informer for the secret police, the Stasi.

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A Karin Schaeffer short story

In this short prequel to You Are Next, the novel that begins the Karin Schaeffer crime investigation series, Karin returns home to discover her family murdered by the notorious Domino Killer, who she has been hunting as part of a police task force.

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A Karin Schaeffer Christmas story

Karin and Mac enjoy a quiet Christmas morning at home with their family. But after Mac gives Karin a special gift, she finds herself alone in Coney Island on a cold, winter day with a band of misfits who want her gift for themselves.

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Originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Effie Miller has been a loyal assistant to Ted Stollit for many years. But when she receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, she decides she will no longer keep the secret that has made her boss rich. Their confrontation on Christmas eve will prove deadly for one of them.

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